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Old April 1st, 2008, 05:29 PM
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We are planning an excursion with Gus to go to the Coffee Plantation and Antigua. Has anyone done this? Is there enough time? I don't want to worry about getting back on time.
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We are planning an excursion with Gus to go to the Coffee Plantation and Antigua. Has anyone done this? Is there enough time? I don't want to worry about getting back on time.
We recently toured with Gus in Puerto Quetzal and had a marvelous time. Gus met us at the port along with his lovely wife Ira. We visited the coffee plantation and onto Antigua which was the most beautiful city we encountered in our entire Panama Canal trip. We had lunch at a lovely restaurant where Gus's son is getting married next week. Gus is truly an ambassador of Guatemela. Both he and Ira are incredibly interesting people. My time in Guatemals with Gus and Ira was the highlight of my trip. I felt like I was traveling with longtime friends.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 07:58 AM
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Was there any time concern? Did you have enough time for everything and get back to the ship without rushing?
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Talking Bumping for current info on Gus in Puerto Quetzal

We went "Go With Gus" on the other side out of Santo Tomas and had the most amazing trip! He is awesome, professional and very well prepared and equipped. Be SURE to eat at his hotel and order the fish with the head ON!

So...I bumped this thread to get input on his Puerto Quetzal trips. Anyone been recently? What did you do? What would you do again?
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We were on the Island Princess in February. We docked late and still had no time concerns. We took the Antigua Humanitarian Tour. It consisted of stopping at a school and crafts area in a small town near Antigua, a short tour of the Filadelphia coffee gift shop, and lunch and a tour of Antigua. We were never rushed and got back way before the ship left.
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We were on the Island Princess in February. We docked late and still had no time concerns. We took the Antigua Humanitarian Tour. It consisted of stopping at a school and crafts area in a small town near Antigua, a short tour of the Filadelphia coffee gift shop, and lunch and a tour of Antigua. We were never rushed and got back way before the ship left.
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Thanks so much...Gus is awesome! We can't wait for our tour. I'll be sure and post how it went.
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How much did he charge per person and how many people do you need to get together? How long was the whole tour? Thanks for your long post full of useful info.
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How much did he charge per person and how many people do you need to get together? How long was the whole tour? Thanks for your long post full of useful info.
It was a flat rate of $99 per person and it was a full days tour. He picked us up about an hour after the shipped started unloading and delivered us back about an hour before it sailed. So plenty of time to wander around the pier shops a bit before we had to leave. Plan for about $10 more for lunch (depending on how many beers you drink) and about $5-$10 tip for the driver and the guide to split.

WELL worth the money. The bus could snuggly seat 24. We were 20 and that gave us plenty of room. You don't need to fill the bus, but if you don't get at least 10, he'll likely try to pick up a couple more from the pier. But no worries, you will have a fantastic time. The driver stays with the bus the whole time, so you can leave your bags on board while you get off and on.

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Thanks again! I see the website says 4 minimum. Did you collect together a group from your roll call? Or could I just book two people do you think?
How and when did you make the payment?
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Thanks again! I see the website says 4 minimum. Did you collect together a group from your roll call? Or could I just book two people do you think?
How and when did you make the payment?
I already had a group of 8 with me, but I posted it to my roll call as well. We ended up with 20!! It was awesome. The bus will easily accomdate that.

You pay in US dollars cash at the end of the tour directly to Gus for the excursion. You can give the tip money to Gus to divy up, or tip the driver directly as you see fit. Lunch money you pay to the restaurant of course.

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Was Gus On the Puerto Quetzal tour or was it just a driver from his company? We went with him in Santo Tomas and want to make sure he would be on a Puerto Quetzal tour this winter. Thanks
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Was Gus On the Puerto Quetzal tour or was it just a driver from his company? We went with him in Santo Tomas and want to make sure he would be on a Puerto Quetzal tour this winter. Thanks

Gus was actually our guide. He did have another driver with him. He has a couple of other guides that work for him, so feel free to ask if he will be your guide or if it will be another. All his guides are great however.

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Gus was actually our guide. He did have another driver with him. He has a couple of other guides that work for him, so feel free to ask if he will be your guide or if it will be another. All his guides are great however.

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Gus is one of those people you meet,and want to see him again.
I so agree. He is a kind man with a wonderful heart and a great entrepreneurial spirt.

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We just did Gus' humanitarian tour and loved it. The stop at the school was worth the entire trip. The macadamia nut farm was also good.
The reataurant had good local food that was enjoyed by everyone. The jade store was the negative part of the tour. Nothing but a poor sales job.

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We just did Gus' humanitarian tour and loved it. The stop at the school was worth the entire trip. The macadamia nut farm was also good.
The reataurant had good local food that was enjoyed by everyone. The jade store was the negative part of the tour. Nothing but a poor sales job.

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